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My wife has suffered from high blood pressure since she was 25 (now 46) & her treatments are contributing to other severe health issues.
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My wife and I met in 1997 and married the next May. Within weeks, she began experiencing extreme headaches. After months of trying to diagnose her (we moved through several military assignments very quickly when I began training) she was finally diagnosed with some type of hypertension and given a beta blocker which helped. Over the next 20 years, she was given variations in her medication and increasingly high dosages. The cause of the hypertension has never been identified, nor any reason why she - someone who has always been and remains very fit and eats well - would have it. In more recent years, she has begun experiencing symptoms associated with Raynaud's disease. Raynaud's "is a rare disorder of the blood vessels, usually in the fingers and toes. It causes the blood vessels to narrow when you are cold or feeling stressed. When this happens, blood can't get to the surface of the skin and the affected areas turn white and blue." https://medlineplus.gov/raynaudsdisease.html She gets noticeable discoloration and pain in her extremities. She is also now suffering from severe hip pain - to the point where she noticeably limps and requires pain medication to alleviate more severe situations, which are occurring more frequently.
I believe the ailments are not just physical but, especially the hypertension, have a mental / psychological nexus as well. Seeing doctors, no one is able to look at her whole person. She is dispensed increasingly high medication or offered ideas like cortisone shots, hip replacements, or other very serious treatments, but always for a specific issue, never for her whole person, or with real consideration to other issues and treatment.
My wife is in very good physical condition as far as exercise and nutrition. She is healthy, beautiful person and pushes through far more pain than she should have to. I am very worried that the way she is getting, or not getting, treated is aging her too quickly and putting her at risk of more serious issues as she gets older. She needs a whole-person assessment and approach to treatment and no one has been able to come close to offering that.
The submitted photos show Michelle on our wedding day, in 1998, and weeks ago, with our sons. Still fit, beautiful and wonderful. But internally, there are many layers of pain and suffering. Please help her get the treatment she needs.